LUTE AND SONG
The Syrian lute player and singer, Waed Bouhassoun has a singing voice of rare quality that brings her close to the famous Arab song voices of the thirties, such as Oum Kalthoum and Asmahan. She soon performed on stage in Paris at the Maison des Cultures du Monde and the Institut du Monde Arabe in 2006 with the greatest success.
Back in Syria, Waed played a series of concerts, in particular at the Opera of Damascus. Still in 2006, she was invited to many festivals and in 2008, she was, along with Curro and Carlos Piñana, the star of the inauguration concert for “Damascus, cultural capital of the Arab world” at the Ambassadors’ Room of the Alhambra in Grenada. While accompanying herself at the oud, she interpreted poems by Wallada and Ibn Zaydoun that she put to music. The concert was broadcast by several Arab television channels. In March 2008, Waed presented singed poems of the great mystic Rabi’a al’Adawiya as a worldwide creation at the Auditorium of the Bastille Opéra in Paris, as part of the Festival de l’Imaginaire (Imaginary Festival)
In the following years, she received many awards and imposed herself in Europe, either on her own or accompanied. She often plays in Jordi Savall’s ensembles with whom she recorded several discs.
Having obtained a diploma from the Higher Institute of Music of Damascus in 2003, Moslem Rahal chose to specialise in the Ney technique. A soloist in the National Symphonic Orchestra of Syria and member of the National Arab Music Group, he became a Ney professor at the Higher Institute of Music of Damascus and at the “Music College” University of Homs. Moslem Rahal is the founder and director of Shams Ensemble Group. He took part in the Arabic scientific of Music in favour of the development of Ney and took part in the International Gatherings of Ney players for the 25th Jerash Festival.
With the Symphonic Orchestra of Syria, he gave many concerts under the direction of Master Misak Bagboderian and in the Arab world under the direction of Master Soulhi al-Wadj, as well as with the National Arab Music Group. As a specialist of his instrument, Moslem Rahal wrote a chapter for Professor Victor Babinco’s Musical Dictionary. In addition to his activity as a musician, he is also a Ney and Kawala conductor. Through his musical research works and many joint projects with European artists, Moslem Rahal is a key figure in interpreting oriental music at the heart of occidental interpretation.